Appeal court reinstates Zoo, Nakumatt to KPL


FKF President Nick Mwendwa together with his predecessor, Sam Nyamweya.Image/SportPicha
FKF President Nick Mwendwa together with his predecessor, Sam Nyamweya.Image/SportPicha

A three judge bench of the appellate court on Tuesday reinstated to the Kenya Premier  League -Nakumatt FC and Zoo FC pending a ruling which is seeking  urgent orders to suspend High court  judgment which had barred the two teams from  participating  in the top-tier league .

The October 17 ruling will determine whether the High court judgment which had thrown out the teams will be suspended pending full hearing of their pleadings before appeal court.

The appeal judges Philip Waki, William Ouko and Kathurima M’inoti noted that the two teams had played upto 25 games in the league hence barring them to complete the fixtures will only be damaging than repairing the situation, and that their further involvement will not prejudice their accuser in any way.

The order, in essence, means that the top division will now consists of 18- teams, in the meanwhile, and will affect the log standings.

Slightly over week ago, a High Court sitting in Nairobi had quashed Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt’s continued participation in the top flight league, on  grounds that they were promoted on unsporting merit, in a suit filed by former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Sam Nyamweya.

Former FKF president Sam Nyamweya filed the petition that saw the court order the KPL be reverted to a 16-team format. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Former FKF president Sam Nyamweya filed the petition that saw the court order the KPL be reverted to a 16-team format. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

For now however, the two clubs will be part of  KPL  until the final ruling on October 17.

The directive thus means points earned/lost from matches against the two clubs are valid and forces a readjustment of the KPL log, barely a fortnight after the league management readjusted the log by deducting/ omitting all points earned or lost against the two.
If implemented, Gor’s lead at the summit of the league table widens from 8 to 15 points,  putting them three wins away from clinching a record 16th title.
Gor Mahia FC forward Jacques Tuyisenge (L) celebrates with teammate Medie Kagere after scoring the second goal during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi stadium in Kisumu on September 27, 2017. Gor Mahia FC won 2-1. Photo/Sportpicha.
Gor Mahia FC forward Jacques Tuyisenge (L) celebrates with teammate Medie Kagere after scoring the second goal during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi stadium in Kisumu on September 27, 2017. Gor Mahia FC won 2-1. Photo/Sportpicha.
The KPL is yet to respond to the latest twist , in waht is turning out to be a drama filled and trouble ridden season.

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